Our Programmes

At Whitehead-Ross Education we can deliver a wide range of programmes to support individuals, business owners and employees as well as community and local government projects.

Between 1st August 2022 and 30th July 2023, we supported a total of 3,568 participants.

Since we started in 2012, we have now supported 11,493 individuals!

Take a look at our current programmes.

Whitehead-Ross Education is delivering a new Young Carers service on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council.  Delivered from our centre on Five Bells Road, we are supporting children and young people who have a caring responsibility for a disabled parent or sibling.

We are providing weekly 1-2-1 support, issue-based workshops, a youth club with exciting social activities, and opportunities for young carers to gain life skills qualifications.

To find out more, contact us HERE

 

 

 

Our Adult Skills programme allows people aged 19 and over,  who are unemployed or on low income, less than £20,319, the opportunity to retrain and upskill.

You must be living in a Dorset postcode area.

Courses include:

Basic French

Basic ICT

Business Start Up

Cabin Crew

Door Supervisor in the Private Security Industry

Employability

Food Safety

Health and Safety & First Aid

Introduction to Hair & Beauty

Support Work in Schools

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

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Locations : Dorset – Weymouth, Bournemouth

Contact: dorset@wrecltd.co.uk

Call: 01305 261626

This Adult Education programme, funded by Wiltshire College & University, allows people aged 19 and over,  who are unemployed or on low income, less than £20,319, the opportunity to retrain and upskill.

You must be living in a Wiltshire or Hampshire postcode area and be able to travel to Swindon or Gosport where the following courses are held:

Basic ICT

CSCS for Construction

Door Supervisor in the Private Security Industry

Employability

ESOL Speaking & Listening

Health and Safety & First Aid

Support Work in Schools

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Locations : Fareham, Gosport, Swindon

Contact:

Gosport   gosport@wrecltd.co.uk

Tel: 02392 002191

Swindon   swindon@wrecltd.co.uk

Tel: 01793 378344

 

Our Adult Education offers a range of part-time qualification and community learning courses for Brighton & Hove residents aged 19 and over.

We are offering the following courses,

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Support Work in School (Teaching Assistant)

City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in Construction, with CSCS card.

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Employability Skills (Business Start-up).

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Air Cabin Crew (New Entrant).

You will be able to enrol on a course for free if you meet the following criteria:

  • Resident in Brighton and Hove.
  • 19 years old or over at the start date of the course.
  • Unemployed and receive a mean tested state benefit or earning less than £20,319 per year.

Please note that we will ask for evidence of the above requirements as part of the enrolment process.

For further information or to enrol, please contact 01273 281981 or email workforceskills@wrecltd.co.uk

The Restart Scheme helps people get back into work through enhanced and tailored support. We are delivering the Restart Scheme in Gosport, Fareham and Worthing.

Are you a Job Seeker?

If you’ve been referred to us by your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach, you’re in safe hands. You’ll get lots of support to pick up the skills you need, boost your confidence and find a job that’s right for you.​

We are dedicated to understanding your needs, circumstances, goals and aspirations to help you get the right support to move towards a better future.

We’ll provide you with:

Your own dedicated employment adviser who will stay with you every step of the way

Specialist recruitment advice

Access to local employment opportunities

Ongoing assessments to understand your needs

Access to an online career portal

A range of personal support from local and specialist services

Financial health support and budgeting

Business start up and self-employment advice

Skills support and training

Improved job searching skills

Access to our Wellbeing Support team

Are you an Employer?

FREE Recruitment Service: As a government-funded organisation, our services are completely free of charge, saving you time and resources. You can rest assured that there are no surprise costs when using our services. Find out more HERE

 

 

Contact our Restart Teams –

Fareham: fareham@wrecltd.co.uk  tel: 01329 550457

Gosport: gosport@wrecltd.co.uk tel: 02392 002191

Worthing: worthing@wrecltd.co.uk tel:01903 947969

 

Working on Wellbeing is an employment, training and support programme, run by the disability charity Scope and Whitehead Ross.

We will work with you to develop a programme around your career goals and how you can achieve them.  If you are unemployed, over 16, living in Wales and have a disability whether a physical or mental health condition you can join the programme.

Working on Wellbeing will support you to:

Understand your career goals.

Grow in confidence, assertiveness and independence.

Write your CV.

Develop your interview skills.

Find and apply for volunteering, training or employment opportunities.

Talk about disability in the workplace.

Working on Wellbeing offers the below training:

  • CSCS Training.
  • Customer Service.
  • Care – Various Qualifications required for the Care Sector. Includes First Aid and Level 2 Safeguarding, Manual Handling.
  • Basic IT Training – Support with Microsoft Office packages.
  • Employability Skills.

Location: Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot areas of South Wales

Contact: wales@wrecltd.co.uk

Tel: 07896 024336

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Jobs Growth Wales+ is a training and development programme for 16–19-year-olds not in full-time education, employment, or training (NEET). The programme provides a range of qualifications, work experience and support, to help individuals progress into further learning, Apprenticeships, or to secure future employment.

Whilst on our Jobs Growth Wales+ programme, you’ll receive comprehensive support to help you develop your work and life skills, as well as building confidence. We provide the tools and guidance to help build good friendships and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

We have a full suite of accredited qualifications, so there is something for everyone.

The qualifications achieved are Essential skills and Employability qualifications which include things like interview skills, applying for a job, personal finance, healthy living, H&S in the workplace and many more.

We also offer NVQ certificates in the following vocational routes,

  • Customer Service
  • Business Administration
  • Hospitality
  • Childcare
  • We can also offer the CSCS card (details HERE)

We have weekly inductions so you can start at any time of the year, if you’re interested in hearing more or would like to start your enrolment, please get in contact.

Use our Contact Form HERE

Or call 07896 024336

Locations: Merthyr Tydfil

 

 

The Together with Parents programme is a multi-phased programme with Kent County Council that aims to support families who are on the neuro-developmental pathway.

Current criteria in Phase One to this programme means they support those families currently, whose child is on the waiting list for a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD, or other ND diagnosis. As the Together with Parents program matures; further phasing will open criteria to include, supporting families suspecting a referral towards diagnosis is required and has a diagnosis and requires further support.

The team provides a multi-layered approach to support empowerment and resilience building with family homes through the parents and caregivers. We provide further education within our evidence-based courses of Barnados Cygnet and Incredible Years, invite families to attend our peer support groups to grow their support networks and support them to a attend workshops regarding a variety of specific subjects they may wish to know more about to support their child or young person. This is all presented to our families individually by one of our lived experiences TWP Facilitators, that know first hand how much of a journey life can be supporting ND, and give them reassurance and encouragement to support the struggles and celebrate the wins.

That is the uniqueness of Together with Parents, an entire team with lived experience. Personal experience in supporting children and young adults with autism, ADHD and other ND diagnoses that allows us to support families in their own journeys in supporting their child.

Please note, that currently, access to the Together with Parents programme is by referral only through KCC Childrens Integrated Services. For any further information please contact Rachel at Whitehead Ross on 07918 258097.

The National Careers Service offers high quality, free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

The service is available to anyone aged 13+ via telephone, webchat and online. Adults aged 19 and over (18+ if not in employment, education and training) can also access face to face appointments at a local venue or online.

Qualified careers advisers provide personalised support to meet your needs and circumstances, whatever stage you have reached in your career. They can help you to:

  • Explore your career options
  • Understand the local job market
  • Develop or enhance your CV
  • Search and apply for jobs
  • Identify local opportunities
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Apply for training and online learning
  • Build your confidence.

Get in touch:

Call the helpline on 0800 100 900 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm Saturdays and Bank Holidays) to speak to a qualified careers adviser or use webchat via the website: nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us

Find online tools, job profiles, courses and careers advice on the website: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Keep up to date with local events and opportunities by following your local social media channels –

South West – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

Skills for Life – Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills.

If you’re aged 19 and over and don’t have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent), you can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build your confidence with numbers and gain a qualification.

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework and budgeting money.

In Brighton, Dorset, Swindon and Worthing we are offering the following courses,

  • Supporting Your Child’s Numeracy Learning
  • Level 1 and 2 Maths Award
  • Money Management/ Budgeting
  • ESOL for Maths
  • Numeracy within careers (Hospitality, Construction, Hair & Beauty)

We also offer a range of 1 day, upskilling workshops and all of our Adult Education courses include a focus on numeracy skills within them.

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If you are looking to upskill and improve your numeracy, contact us HERE

 

Skills Bootcamps – the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

Our Skills Bootcamps in Digital skills are free, flexible courses, held over 2 days of up to 12 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and an offer of an interview with an employer on completion.

We are offering 2 NCFE awards with both face to face or online, tutor led, options.

Level 3 Certificate in Digital Support – Tech Specialist 

This Bootcamp and qualification is designed to provide learners with knowledge and skills for working in the digital support sector, such as an ICT Helpdesk Technician. It will afford the learner opportunities to develop knowledge and learn practical skills which can be used to seek employment.

Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices 

This Bootcamp and qualification is designed to provide learners with knowledge and skills relating to cyber security practices. It will afford the learner opportunities to develop knowledge and learn practical skills which can be used to seek employment.

Once you complete the course, you’ll be guaranteed a job interview.  If you’re self-employed, you’ll be able to use the training to seek new opportunities for your business.

You may be eligible to apply for a Skills Bootcamp if you:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • are unemployed
  • live in England

For more details – contact your closest centre

Brighton tel: 01273 281981 or Worthing tel: 01903 947979

Weymouth tel: 01305 261626 or Newquay tel: 01637 801004

email  skillsforlife@wrecltd.co.uk or use our contact form HERE

 

Our Skills Bootcamps in Hospitality Leadership are free, flexible courses, held over 1 day a week for 10 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and an offer of an interview with an employer on completion.  This opportunity is available in Fareham, Gosport and Isle of Wight.

We are offering the chance to complete the City & Guilds, Level 3 Award in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Principles.

This award can help you get a supervisory or management job in hospitality.  You’ll develop your knowledge and gain valuable skills in leadership and management and is suitable for anyone looking for a career within the hospitality sector. 

Learners completing the course will be guaranteed a job interview.

You may be eligible to apply for a Skills Bootcamp if you:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • live in England

For more details – contact

Fareham – 01329 550457

Gosport – 02392 002191

Isle of Wight – 02392 002191

email skillsforlife@wrecltd.co.uk OR use our contact form HERE

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses, held over 2 days of up to 8 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and an offer of an interview with an employer on completion.

Our Project Management Skills Bootcamps will support you to develop essential project management skills. You will work towards the ILM Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management (Project Management). The Skills Bootcamp will cover topics such as an introduction to Project Management, product breakdown structure, feasibility studies, risk management techniques and budget planning.

This opportunity is available online only.

For more details –

email skillsforlife@wrecltd.co.uk OR use our contact form HERE

 

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses, held over 2 days of up to 8 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and an offer of an interview with an employer on completion.

Our Television and Video Production Bootcamps will give you an introduction to technical media production practices and is aimed at jobseekers who wish to work professionally in film, television, visual and after-effects.  You will work towards the OCN Level 3 Certificate in Professional and Technical Media Production Practices. The Skills Bootcamp will cover topics such as an introduction to the TV and broadcast industry, key concepts for production, and practical use of camera equipment.

This opportunity is available in Brighton and Swindon.

For more details – contact your nearest centre

Brighton – 01273 281981

Swindon – 01793 378344

email skillsforlife@wrecltd.co.uk OR use our contact form HERE

HMP Swaleside and HMP Isle of Wight (IOW) have commissioned Whitehead-Ross Education to deliver an Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) service.

This programme involves us recruiting and training a team of prisoners to deliver a peer mentoring IAG service to other prisoners.

Our IAG Coordinators train and mentor up to 16 prisoners per year each to deliver both group and 1-2-1 sessions to other prisoners, ensuring that an IAG action plan is produced for every prisoner. This involves holding a 1-2-1 interview with each new reception and word processing the action plan.

Close co-operation, collaboration and good lines of communication are  maintained with the prisoner IAG Peer Mentors, Education Department, Activity Hub, Industries, Offender Management Unit, Library and Security Department, as well as with Prison Managers and staff.

HMP Swaleside, located on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, is an adult male prison with an operational capacity of 1,090. Prisoners are category B and serving a range of sentences from 28 days to life.

HMP Isle of Wight is a high security men’s prison, set across 2 sites (Albany and Parkhurst), just outside Newport, with 1,000 prisoners. Prisoners include category B sex offenders or vulnerable prisoners with sentences of four years or more, with at least 18 months left to serve and eligible for rehabilitation activities.

 

Study Programme/ Traineeship

 

 

The Study Programme is aimed at 16–18-year-olds and runs for approximately 15, weeks 3 times a year.

The next intakes will be in January and April 2024.

Based at our Weymouth Centre , the programme includes City and Guilds Awards in Employability, Functional Skills Qualifications in both Maths and English and a work experience placement in line with your career goals.

The programme is taught in small groups (8-10 learners), and is personalised for each individual with dedicated learning support in all areas and pastoral support too.

The Study Programme team aim to support each student to achieve their career goals in a fun and relaxed learning environment.

For more information call 01305 261626 or 07436 074569

or email dorset@wrecltd.co.uk

 

We will provide digital skills training to 198 people over the course of 12 months across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP).

Our qualified tutor is able to deliver the following accredited and non-accredited course options, in small groups within community venues.

NCFE Level 1 Award in ICT for Employment – 10 hours:

Learners will be able to appreciate their own technology skills and recognise how their experience meets the ICT      skills need in different job roles.

Learners will learn how to use a range of ICT equipment safely and how to use software commonly found in a work  situation.

NOCN Entry Level Award in Digital Basic Skills – 6 hours:

Learners will be able to;

Access a device and basic controls.

Perform a basic device set up.

Understand how to work safely and responsibly online.

Search for and use internet-based information.

Use a digital device to communicate and exchange information.

Non-accredited Microsoft Office – 16 hours:

Learners will,

Use a Microsoft word to produce a flyer.

Create a Spread sheet to show figures and headings.

Produce a Power point presentation.

Send and receive e-mails.

Non-accredited Internet for Beginners – 16 hours:

Learners will learn,

How to use a keyboard and mouse effectively.

The risks of using the internet and how to keep yourself safe.

How to access emails, and reply.

How to use Internet Explorer to find and navigate websites.

 

Please use our contact form HERE to apply for a space or please call 01305 261626

This new project provides targeted specialist support for 231 young people aged 16-24, including care leavers, special educational needs (SEN), and social emotional and mental health (SEMH) young people, and those who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET) or at risk of being NEET.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Our Youth Engagement project activities includes:

  • Pre-engagement activities to address the needs of young adults who may experience barriers to engagement, including lone parents, looked-after children and care leavers, carers, offenders, those involved in gangs, and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and/or mental health issues.  E.g., sports, outdoor pursuits, and visits to local attractions.
  • Accredited Employability Skills, workplace literacy, numeracy, and digital skills.
  • Short vocational qualifications linked to local job opportunities and skills gaps, such as the CSCS card for construction.
  • Promotion of enterprise and entrepreneurship, through enterprise project work.
  • Work experience and work tasters.
  • Job coaching and wrap around support including 1-2-1 and small group provision.
  • Matrix-accredited Information, Advice and Guidance.
  • Workshops and out-of-centre activities to develop resilience.
  • Support to develop soft skills to overcome engagement, confidence, motivation and health issues.
  • CBT for mental health, employability, financial wellbeing, and housing by BACP-accredited Wellbeing Counsellors.

Locations : Delivered from our Newquay Skills Centre along with Community Outreach locations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (please contact us for further information regarding delivery locations)

Contact: HERE

Call 01637 801004

 

 

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. 

If you’re aged over 16 you can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build your confidence with numbers and gain a qualification. 

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework and budgeting money. 

In Neath Port Talbot and Swansea we are offering the following courses, 

  • Supporting Your Child’s Numeracy Learning
  • ESOL Maths
  • Construction Maths Skills – Level 1 Health and Safety in Construction – incorporating CSCS
  • Making the Most of Your Money

 The Digital Skills Hub 

If you are over 16 years, unemployed or likely to leave the labour market you are eligible for the following courses in the Neath Port Talbot or Swansea areas, 

  • Award in Digital Skills Basics (Entry 2)
  • Basic ICT for Employment
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding

NOCN Entry Level Award in Digital Basics (Entry 2) 

Explore Digital skills needed for life and work across five skill areas; getting started, device set up, security, using the internet and communication. Find out more HERE

NCFE Basic ICT for Employment (Level 1)

This NCFE Level 1 unit explores the types of software used in different job roles and business functions.  The unit also looks at use of the internet and issues of safety, data back-up and protection.

The course is run over two sessions and covers –

  • Use of computer and printer.
  • Use of a photocopier.
  • Using word processing software and functions.
  • Use of email

NCFE Level 3 Certificate – Principles of Cyber Security 

This course is designed to provide participants with knowledge and skills relating to cyber security practices. It will afford the participant opportunities to develop knowledge and learn practical skills which can be used to seek employment.  The 160-hour qualification covers the following units: 

  • Understanding cyber security principles. 
  • Threat intelligence in cyber security. 
  • Cyber security testing, vulnerabilities and controls. 
  • Cyber security incident response. 
  • Understanding legislation and ethical conduct within cyber security. 
  • Find out more HERE

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding  

This qualification is designed for participants who want to gain knowledge of coding. The qualification may also support progression into further study in coding or other topics within the digital sector. This qualification is designed for participants who are looking to gain an introduction to coding. It will support the participant to progress into further study and support those interested in progressing to employment in a coding or IT related role. 

The training activities will provide support for local digital skills, increase digital inclusion and provide opportunities for local people to develop skills to support people into employment. These outcomes meet the interventions as identified. 

If you are looking to upskill and improve your digital skills, contact us  – 

Neath Port Talbot  Tel: 01792 814708  npt@wrecltd.co.uk

Swansea  Tel: 01792 649062   swansea@wrecltd.co.uk  

Or use our contact form HERE

 

 

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. 

If you’re aged 19 you can access free numeracy courses through Multiply to build your confidence with numbers and gain a qualification. 

Good numeracy skills may unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework and budgeting money. 

In Newport Wales we are offering the following,

Numeracy for Parents in Supporting Their Child with Maths

The course will cover different approaches used to teach children maths, methods to support a child’s learning in basic mathematical rules, and how to improve maths activity. You will achieve a NOCN Level 1 Award in Supporting Your Child with Maths. The course will be delivered over 2 sessions.

Practical Maths for Parents

This course is for parents and/or carers who would like to improve their confidence and knowledge in order to support their child’s learning at home.  Delivered over 3 sessions, you will benefit from an introduction to the maths curriculum, highlighting some of the topics that many parents typically struggle with.

Stepping Stones for Parents

Leading to a City and Guilds Level 1 or Level 2 Maths Skills Awards (depending on your starting point), the course will cover Measure, Shape and Space – Money, Time and Temperature, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Length, Weight and Capacity.  The courses will be delivered over 10 sessions.

For more information email newport@wrecltd.co.uk or call 01633 741051

Or use our contact form HERE

 

Learning for Health & Wellbeing

We will work with 32 learners, delivering Wellbeing and Mental Health Resilience courses.

Delivered over 24 hours, this therapeutic course will support learners to improve their wellbeing through participating in group sessions such as art and craft.  The courses will embed wellbeing and improving mental health through providing access to a Health and Wellbeing Counsellor.

We will utilise the Outcomes Star to measure a baseline for outcomes including Physical Health, Where you Live, Being Safe, Relationships, Feelings and Behaviour, Friends, Confidence and Self Esteem, Education and Learning.

Learning for Work

We will work with 32 learners delivering the ICT Skills for Employment course.

Delivered over 12 hours, this practical course will prepare learners to use Microsoft Office applications such as Word, and Outlook as part of their journey in preparing for employment.  In small groups of 8 learners, learners will be supported to be able to appreciate their own technology skills and recognise how their experience meets the ICT skills need in different job roles.  This will cover how to use a range of ICT equipment safely and how to use software commonly found in a work situation, use a Microsoft word to produce a letter, create a spreadsheet to show figures/headings and insert formulae, produce a Power point presentation, and send and receive emails.

All delivery will be face-to-face from our centre at Whitehead-Ross Education, Ground Floor, 35-39 South Street, Worthing, BN11 3AA.

Please use our contact form HERE if you would like more information.

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